Each week during the 2014-15 year beginning in late October, the Fox Valley Association will feature two student-athletes (one male and one female) from one of its 10 schools for a "Student-Athlete Spotlight" Q & A segment. The segments will be posted every Tuesday and Thursday and individuals are selected by the school.
Name: Ben Franzke
Sports: Track and Field
Other school clubs/activities: Kaukauna High School Band
Parents’ names: Keith and Mary Franzke
Siblings’ names: Elizabeth and Derrick Franzke
Favorite aspect of your school: I love the environment of the high school. It feels very relaxed and welcoming to me. I love the sporting events as well.
Favorite aspect about being involved in school activities: My favorite aspect is the fun - everyone loves being with friends and having a good time.
If you have been involved in community service projects, which has been most rewarding and why? No one can hate the feeling of giving. I was involved in summer camp for a week for six years in the city of Rhinelander. Every day we go out for six to eight hours painting, doing landscaping, construction and raising money for other people going through hard times. When a project is complete and you see an old lady's face of joy for what you did is a great thing.
College or post-high school plans: I will be attending at Marian University in Fond du Lac.
What is your desired major/career field? I will be in the field of history and maybe teach.
What is your favorite class? AP U.S. History
Who is your favorite teacher? Mr. Lee
Favorite book: A Time to Kill
Favorite youth coach: Coach Leon
What is the best advice one of your coaches has given you? "Don't even think about it, just do it and jump." Coach Leon
Something people would be surprised to know about me is…: I broke my wrist going over a hurdle in my first meet of sophomore year.
Favorite place to play on the road in the FVA? Appleton North
Favorite athlete to compete against in the FVA: Gabe Heindel, Appleton East
Favorite memory from being involved in co-curricular activities is…: Our high jump relay meet where we broke the record
Favorite professional team: Baltimore Ravens
Favorite professional athlete: Usain Bolt
Favorite person to follow on Twitter: I don't have a Twitter
A non-athletic talent I have is…: Competitive video games